The hybrid workplace is new and enormously complicated. Therefore, it’s a great place to exercise your creativity!
First, let’s begin with a definition: “A hybrid workplace combines in-office with remote work and, if done right, employees can be as productive when working remotely as they are in the office. Employees should also be able to flip seamlessly between the two, spending a few days at home, and coming into the office when needed, without any dip in productivity.” Second, let’s imagine that YOU can improve office life – not just for yourself, but for ALL your co-workers!
The need to improve office life is obvious
Arguably, we all are going back to "the office" sooner or later, so let’s try to make the experience as pleasurable as it can be. Currently, according to Gallup, over 40% of office employees are working flexibly. Additionally, 20% of remote workers struggle with loneliness while nearly 74% seek a work-life balance. So, it’s safe to assume that most of your co-workers would welcome your efforts to improve office life. No doubt, the reality of a dual workspace continues to be challenging for everyone.
The DIY approach
There are many things you can do to improve office life at home. For example, you can add color and assure your home office is properly illuminated. If inclined, you can add character with meaningful art and décor. While you’re at it, consider aromatherapy; lemon, lavender and jasmine convey a positive vibe. Ambitiously, efforts to declutter and going paper-free will ultimately provide relief. Finally, biophilia: Introduce plants into your space. Plants support cognitive function, physical health, and psychological well-being.
At the office: It's NOT a hard sell
Consider working with your leadership team to improve office life. Persuasively, you may remind them that 93% of workers in the tech industry said they would stay longer at a company that offers healthier workspace benefits, with options including wellness rooms, company fitness benefits, sit-stands, healthy lunch options and ergonomic seating. Now, this may be a bridge too far for many companies. However, it’s true that engaged employees work harder, better and are more innovative. On the other hand, there are inexpensive and quick ways to boost morale in the workplace. In short, these efforts lead to better quality products and a happy client base. The result is greater revenue growth. Again, your employer does not have to make heroic strides, but they can take small, impressive steps to improve office life for you and your colleagues.
Coming full circle: What can I do?
Here’s something you can do RIGHT NOW to improve office life: Give a sincere compliment to a co-worker (something that you always thought but never said). This is an example of a micro-affirmation. Remarkably, affirmations are as powerful as a hug to the recipient and don't involve the problem of unwanted physical contact. To clarify, as humans, we desire acceptance and a sense of belonging. Negatively, we tend to overthink our inadequacies. Likewise, what we project on ourselves is often untrue. Therefore, an affirmation of our accomplishments, good deeds or even our well-intentioned mistakes can be vastly encouraging. Kind words cost us nothing yet their impact on others is priceless.
Appreciate a good colleague
Let’s conclude with another definition: “A good colleague is one that is competent at their job, a team player and motivated to be working for the organization and achieving its goals. They are punctual, hardworking and show initiative by seeking out solutions to problems. They are respectful of other colleagues and help others when required.” Now, this should be enough for you to recognize and take a moment to extend a kind word to someone in your organization.
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